Australian Winter Travel Essentials and Packing List

Australian Winter Travel Essentials and Packing List

If you’re planning a visit to Australia during the months of June and August, this Australian winter travel essentials guide is perfect for you.

When most people think of Australia, the first thing that probably comes to mind is hot summer days with people relaxing on the beach or going for a surf. Which yes, is actually pretty accurate. But we do also have some pretty cold winters as well. Once you spend a night in the Australian outback, your view of Australia will change. We guarantee it.

That being said, our winters don’t get as cold as other countries. It doesn’t snow across the entire country, and in most places, winter is actually quite bearable. But, depending on where you’re visiting during the winter months, you’ll probably still need to be prepared. Especially if you’re planning a camping trip or road-trip across Australia. 

Australian Winter Travel Essentials and Packing List

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Average winter temperatures for Australia’s major cities

Winter in Australia falls during the middle of the year – from June until August. If you’re arriving in Australia a few weeks before or after winter, you’ll notice that the weather changes and becomes colder quite early, and stays that way for a while.

Here are the average winter temperatures for all major cities and towns across Australia:

Melbourne, Victoria

Average High Temperature: 14°C (57°F)
Average Low Temperature: 6°C (42°F)

Melbourne is known for its unpredictable weather, so no matter which time of year you visit, always be prepared. There are times when you’ll experience all four seasons in the one day – and winter days and nights will be cold, so pack extra layers. Snow also falls in the north east of Victoria. So if that’s something you’re interested in, get in early before everything is booked out!

Adelaide, South Australia

Average High Temperature: 15°C (59°F)
Average Low Temperature: 8°C (46°F)

Mornings and nights in Adelaide get to be quite cold, especially in the middle of winter. So put on a couple of extra layers in the morning, that you can take off throughout the day once the sun reaches its peak. Unless of course, it isn’t a sunny day – in which case, bundle up!

Brisbane, Queensland

Average High Temperature: 21°C (69°F)
Average Low Temperature: 11°C (51°F)

Winter in Brisbane is a lot more bearable than anywhere else in Australia. Other than the mornings and nights being a bit chilly, most of the time you’ll be able to walk around outside in a t-shirt. There will be exceptions to this, of course. But generally speaking, Brisbane (and Queensland in general) stays quite sunny and comfortable year-round.

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Sydney, New South Wales

Average High Temperature: 17°C (62°F)
Average Low Temperature: 8°C (46°F)

July is generally the coldest month of the year in Sydney, with daytime temperatures reaching just 13 degrees. There can also be a lot of rain throughout June, so make sure to bring an umbrella.

Perth, Western Australia

Average High Temperature: 19°C (66°F)
Average Low Temperature: 8°C (46°F)

Expect quite a few thunderstorms and a fair bit of rain during winter in Perth. Temperatures don’t get too cold during the day, but evenings can be chilly, depending on where you are.

Darwin, Northern Territory

Average High Temperature: 31°C (87°F)
Average Low Temperature: 21°C (69°F)

May until October is dry season in Darwin, which means hot days and cooler nights. Since Darwin is considered to be tropical, the humidity is pretty horrible most of the year. But if you visit during the colder months, it won’t be as unbearable.

Hobart, Tasmania

Average High Temperature: 12.3°C (53°F)
Average Low Temperature: 5°C (41°F)

Tasmania gets pretty cold during winter, with winds from the Antarctic making their way towards the island. Overnight temperatures can get very low, so be sure to rug up if you’re planning a road-trip around Tasmania, or doing a bit of camping.

Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Average High Temperature: 20°C (68°F)
Average Low Temperature: 4.8°C (40°F)

Considering Alice Springs is a desert town, temperatures can drop quite low. It’s a common occurrence for overnight temperatures to drop below zero, with a lot of frost in the morning. We definitely suggest bringing lots of layers, blankets and appropriate accessories (scarves, beanies, gloves etc) to stay warm.

Now that you know what to expect in all major cities across Australia during winter, keep reading to find out what we consider to be Australian winter travel essentials. Of course, everyone is different and you may not agree with everything on this list.

But generally speaking, the following items are what I consider to be must-pack items, in order to survive Australia’s cold days and even colder nights.

** This list will be most helpful to those of you planning to embark on one of Australia’s great road-trips.

Australian Winter Travel Essentials: 5 Must Pack Items

It’s a well-known fact that Australia is the perfect place for a cross country road trip. I wouldn’t be the first person to enlighten you on that fact. This means that there are people traveling all over the country, during different months throughout the year. There are pros and cons to traveling in all seasons, and these differ depending on where you’re visiting.

But as far as Australia is concerned, traveling across the country in a camper-van during winter, could be a pretty unbearable experience if you aren’t prepared.


If you’re traveling around Australia during winter (whether you’re road-tripping or staying in hotels/hostels etc), I recommend bringing a suitcase as opposed to a backpack. This is purely for the fact that you’re going to need lots of layers and warm clothes. That being said, if you’re an experienced backpacker, go for gold. Our advice is more for those less experienced when it comes to travel.

1. A hoodie or warm jumper

In Australia we call them hoodies, but basically something warm that you can easily throw on over whatever you’re wearing. I prefer jumpers with hoods (hence hoodies) and a pocket, in a size or two larger than what I usually wear. I usually buy men’s hoodies, because they’re a lot more comfortable and loose fitting, which I love in a hoodie.


Whether you’re relaxing in your hotel room, taking a walk down the road for some dinner or spending the night camping in the Australian Outback – you’ll be glad you packed a comfortable and warm hoodie! It’s also a good idea to pack a spare, just incase.

2. Ugg Boots

Ugg Boots are an Australian winter travel essential. You can get them in a bunch of different sizes, styles and colours and I guarantee they’ll be the most comfortable and warm pair of shoes you’ll ever buy. I own a couple of pairs of ugg boots, and wear them quite a lot during winter. They’re great for lazing around your hotel room or wearing on a freezing cold winter’s night while camping.

3. Beanie, scarf and gloves

You may think it’s a bit crazy bringing a scarf, beanie and gloves to Australia. But just remember that winter nights can get pretty cold, especially if you’re in the Outback or Tasmania. If you’re embarking on an Australian road trip, we suggest making these a priority. I promise, you’ll be glad you did!


Save on luggage space and pack one beanie and scarf for all conditions and outfits. I suggest an infinity scarf, as they’re super versatile, come in a ton of different styles and colours and can be found almost anywhere during winter. They also look cute with any outfit, especially if you choose a neutral shade like black, grey or white.

4. Comfortable and warm pants

I live in tights (leggings) during winter and have quite a large collection of Lorna Jane active wear tights. These are extremely comfortable, amazing quality and look great. I definitely suggest investing in a good quality pair of tights, as they’re perfect for travel. They’re super versatile and can be worn with almost anything, for any occasion.


For any males reading this, I’ve got your back. A comfortable pair of track pants or even jeans are another one of our perfect Australian winter travel essentials. Track pants are great to wear at night, and for ultimate comfort and warmth: the fluffier the better!

5. Moisturiser and hand cream

This is another one of my favourite Australian winter travel essentials, especially for the females. I don’t know about the rest of you, but when the weather is cold, my skin suffers greatly. My hands in particular become super dry, itchy and sore. So I always bring along a good quality moisturiser that I know works well.

Other items you need to pack

Passport

Your passport is the most important possession you will have with you while travelling internationally. I take my passport everywhere with me while traveling, instead of leaving it in my suitcase each day. Keep your passport and other important documents in a travel wallet, so I know where they are at all times.

Anyone who looks under 25 years old (under 4o years old in New South Wales) will be asked to show ID when purchasing alcohol. Your passport is the only international document accepted Australia wide.

Money

Because unfortunately, you can’t travel without it, especially in Australia. We’re a pretty expensive country compared to a lot of others, which surprises some visitors. Keep in mind that the cost of living and visiting Australia is high, so budget a little extra before you arrive.

Other items of clothing

You’re gonna need more than just a pair of pants and beanie, so make sure to pack some lazing around clothes and versatile and comfortable shirts. Generally winter in Australia will be bearable enough to wear just a t-shirt under a warm hoodie or jacket. Pack a few t-shirts and thin long sleeve tops. This should be plenty to get you through!

Entertainment for the plane

If you’re traveling to Australia from most other countries in the world, you’re in for a long journey. We suggest packing as many forms of entertainment as possible. Whenever I travel, I bring these with me in my carry on: laptop, phone, headphones, and various puzzle books or magazines. A kindle is also another great option to kill boredom while flying.

Sneakers and other shoes

Ugg Boots are great for winter in Australia, but you’re gonna need alternative shoes. I suggest packing a pair of sneakers or canvas shoes, a pair of thongs (flip flops or sandals) and a nice pair of going out shoes.

There are a lot of nice restaurants, pubs and bars in Australia, so be sure to pack some appropriate shoes for a night out. Thongs are great if you’re spending time in Queensland or the Northern Territory, as the weather is warm enough to walk around outside in them.

Save space in your luggage for Australian snacks

Australia has some of the best snacks in the world, not that I’m biased or anything. If you’ve never tasted a Tim Tam or box of Shapes before, your life is about to change. You’ll definitely be glad you packed light on the way to Australia, so you can return home with a suitcase full of delicious goodies.

In Conclusion

The most important piece of advice you should take from this post, is that you shouldn’t underestimate Australian winter. Sure, it’s not as cold here as Antarctica. No, it doesn’t snow across the whole country. But you should be prepared, especially if you’re planning an Australian road trip. Pack an extra later of clothing if you’re going to be camping, and don’t forget that beanie and scarf!


Do you agree with my list of Australian winter travel essentials? What are your must-pack items when traveling to a country during winter? Have you ever forgotten something, and been stuck in the cold? Tell me below!

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Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise Review, QLD

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise Review, QLD

If you’re looking for the perfect budget friendly Gold Coast accomodation, look no further!

Back in October 2017, we spent six nights in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Having just come from our wonderful four night stay at Ocean Vista on Alex apartments on the Sunshine Coast, we were excited for a totally different beachside experience. From a relaxing, small beachside town, to the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast – Surfers Paradise.

We knew that for our visit to the Gold Coast, we wanted a hotel with an incredible view, in a great location. We came across Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise during our search, and after seeing tons of epic beachfront view photos, we decided to book it!


We booked six nights in a One Bedroom Beachfront room, and boy was it worth the money. I can’t even begin to explain the excitement I felt, when we walked into our room for the first time. As soon as we saw our magnificent view, we were extremely happy with our decision. We booked that particular room, purely for the fact that we would have an ocean view, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as incredible as it was.

If you’re tossing up between a few different options for your Gold Coast accomodation, put a pin in those. Read through our review of Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise, and I’m almost positive you’ll be booking this place in no time!

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise Review

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What Style of Accomodation is Chateau Beachside?

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise is a popular hotel, right on the beachfront. It’s located on the Esplanade, and has around 18 floors. The hotel also includes, free for guests, the use of a pool, sauna, spa and tennis court. All of these are located on the ground floor.

There are two areas for guests to park (undercover and rooftop options) with one free car park allocated to each room. There’s also complimentary wifi given to all guests on the day of arrival, which will last until check-out.

Chateau Beachside also apparently has a self-service laundry, however we didn’t actually use see this ourselves.

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

One Bedroom Beachfront Apartment at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise

We stayed in the One Bedroom Beachfront apartment, and specifically chose the hotel because we would have the freedom of a self-contained apartment. Self-contained hotel rooms or apartments are great, because they give families and groups of friends some freedom when it comes to cooking meals, therefore not having to eat out every day. This is great for saving money if you’re travelling on a budget.

The main living area was an open plan lounge room and self-contained kitchen. The bedroom was seperate from the lounge room, but connected via a small stair case leading into the bath. Yep, you can hop straight out of the shower and into the bedroom.

The kitchen had an oven, stove, large fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, cutlery, plates/bowls, glasses, mugs, wine glasses, various pots and pans, cooking utensils and more. The freezer also came with an ice tray, for ultimate convenience.


Note: As I can only comment on the specific room that Russell and I stayed in, that’s what I will be referring to in this part. Other types of rooms may be slightly different, with different views and possible cleanliness. Please keep that in mind if you choose to book your stay with Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise.

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

The bathroom had a shower over bath, decent sized bench-top sink and an incredible view of the ocean. Plus, like I mentioned earlier, the cute staircase from the bath to the bedroom. Be sure to keep the curtain closed while you’re taking a shower or bath, though. We weren’t 100% sure whether the windows were tinted, and didn’t want to give the Gold Coast an unexpected beachside show.

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I’ve mentioned this a lot already, but our view was outstanding. On the main side of the room (with windows that opened slightly to let in the ocean breeze) we had a front on view of the sea and sand. We people watched all day, enjoyed the sunrise (which I did every single morning. I happened to conveniently wake up at 5am each day, exactly when the sun began to rise, and took full advantage of it!) and watched the waves roll in.


On the other side of the room was a sliding door with a very small balcony, that wasn’t even large enough to walk out onto. We did however, have a view of the hotel pool, three spas and the ocean from our room. It was pretty fun leaning up against the railing, watching the world go by and enjoying the fresh ocean breeze.

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

The TV which was located in the lounge room, was flatscreen and also came with a DVD player. I didn’t actually find this out until the night before we left, but you can actually hire movies for free in the lobby! The TV also has a HDMI port, which is perfect for plugging in your own entertainment device!

Cost of Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise

As of the current (October 2017), Chateau Beachside is roughly $189 per night. We stayed for 6 nights, and paid $145 per night. If you book direct with the hotel, you’re guaranteed the best room rates. The further in advance you book, the cheaper rooms with generally be. Keep in mind that during special occasions, holidays and city events, room rates will be higher.



This probably seems like a lot to spend on one hotel for just 6 nights, but as I’ve mentioned in the past on Rhiannon Travels, Russell and I like to be comfortable. We’re happy to spend a little extra money on accomodation. Plus, for the amenities, location and view we had at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise, we both definitely think it was worth it.

Click here to head to Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise’s website, and check out their current rates.

Distance from Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise to Popular Attractions

Surfers Paradise is the hub of entertainment and partying on the Gold Coast. If you’re into the party scene, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a huge amount of options when it comes to clubs and bars.

Note: Gold Coast is Australia’s most popular location for Schoolies, an organised end of schooling festival, for students graduating from Year 12. We planned our visit perfectly in order to avoid this particular event.

If you love a good night filled with tons of drinking and partying, you’re in luck. No matter where you stay within the heart of Surfers Paradise, you’ll be just minutes away from a crazy night out on the Gold Coast.



There are a ton of shops, supermarkets, bottle shops (liquor stores), restaurants, cafes and convenience stores in Surfers Paradise. Staying at Chateau Beachside, means you’re even closer to it all. Whether you like to cook your own meals or enjoy a nice restaurant dinner, you won’t have to walk very far. Coles Supermarket is less than a five minute walk, Liquorland is around the same distance.

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

We love Mexican food, and there’s a Mexican fast food chain in Australia called Zambrero. They do burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and more, and they’re incredibly delicious. We ate here 5 out of 6 nights during our stay on the Gold Coast, and don’t regret it for a second. If tickled your curiosity about this supposedly delicious Mexican meal, you’re around a 4 minute walk from Chateau Beachside to Zambrero.

If you choose to stay at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise, you’ll notice horns coming from the street at almost all hours of the day and night. These are scooters, which anybody can hire for an hourly rate. You can find these hire stores all over Surfers Paradise. So again, you won’t have to walk very far to be cruising around the Gold Coast on your very own electric scooter. Push bikes are also available for hire, if that’s more your thing.

Are you more of the adventuous type? Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise is only a 20 minute drive from Movie World and WetnWild (40 minutes by bus), and around 40 minute drive from Dreamworld and White Water World (roughly an hour by bus). We visited both Movie World and WetnWild during our stay, and it was a super quick drive from the hotel.

Related: WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland

Our Final Thoughts on Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise

We enjoyed our stay at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise. The location to major attractions, restaurants, bottle shops and supermarkets was definitely convenient, as it meant we didn’t have to drive anywhere for the essentials.

The view could not have been better, and it was definitely worth being woken up at 5am every morning by the sunrise. If you’re looking for a decently priced beachfront hotel on the Gold Coast, definitely consider booking your stay at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise!

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

Interested in learning more about Chateau Beachside, booking the One Bedroom Beachfront Apartment or looking at their other available rooms? Click here to head to the website!


Have you visited the Gold Coast before? Where did you stay? Tell me in the comments below!

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The Cost of Moving to Australia

The Cost of Moving to Australia

If you’ve clicked into this article, you’re probably considering moving to Australia. If so, good choice! Australia is a fantastic country to live in, and we should know – we were both born and raised in South Australia! We love living in Australia, and as a close favourite, right in front of Japan! But since you’re moving here, you’d probably like to know what the cost of moving to Australia is, right?

Cool. Because we’re about to share as much information as we thought was necessary, to help you out on your move to this wonderful, sunny country with its beautiful beaches, delicious snacks and laid back (for the most part) locals.


Here are some of the major things you should budget for, when it comes to the cost of moving to Australia.

The Cost of Moving to Australia

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Traveling to Australia

Naturally, your flight to Australia is the first expense you should budget for. Depending on where you’re traveling from, this can be one of the biggest expenses. Below are some examples of estimated costs for traveling to Australia from common international destinations.

Note: All prices are per person for a one way trip. They are accurate as of April 2018 from Webjet, and scheduled for six months from the time of booking. All costs are in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Los Angeles (LAX) to Melbourne or Sydney

One way from Los Angeles Airport with Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Virgin Australia and United Airlines to Melbourne or Sydney – from $1,400 per person

New York City (JFK) to Melbourne or Sydney

One way from New York City (most airlines departing from JFK Airport) with Qantas, Virgin Australia, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines to Melbourne or Sydney – from $1,600 per person.

New Zealand (Auckland) to Melbourne or Sydney

One way from Auckland with Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Qantas or Air New Zealand to Sydney or Melbourne – between $150 and $250 per person.

England (Heathrow) to Melbourne or Sydney

One way from Heathrow Airport in England with Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines and American Airlines to Sydney or Melbourne – from $1,100 per person.

Please Note: Depending on the airline you choose and the amount of stops you make along the way, travel time from England to Australia can take over 30 hours.

Applying for an Australian Visa

If you’re moving to Australia for work or study purposes, you’ll need a Visa. There are quite a few different visas available, and the one you’ll need depends on what you plan to do while you’re here. Below are a few of the most common types of visas.


Student Visa – From AUD $560

The Student Visa (subclass 500) is for international students who are in a registered, full time course.
To be eligible for the Student Visa, you must:
1) Be over six years of age
2) Have been accepted to an educational facility in Australia
3) Have your own health insurance

The length of stay for the Student Visa is five years. You’re also able to work part time while studying your course.
Click here for more information on the different types of Student Visas that are available.

Work and Holiday Visa – From AUD $440

The Work and Holiday Visa is for international visitors who want to work and travel in Australia.
To be eligible for the Work and Holiday Visa, you must:
1) Have a valid Passport
2) Be aged between 18 and 30 years old
3) Meet English ad education requirements
4) Have support from your home country and 5) it be your first Working Holiday Visa to Australia.

The Work and Holiday Visa allows multiple entries for up to five months.
You’ll also be able to:
1) Work for the duration of your stay with any employer, for no longer than six months
2) Travel as a tourist
3) Visit friends and family
4) Study for up to four months

Click here for more information about the different types of visas available for people who want to work and travel as a tourist in Australia.

All other Australian Visas

If your situation doesn’t suit the above two common Australian Visas, click here to find one that does. You’ll probably be asked a few questions, depending on the visa you’ve selected. The Visa application process can cost up to $1,000 per person, depending on the one you require.

Housing in Australia

The cost of housing across Australia depends on the city you choose to live in. Some cities like Sydney will cost more, mostly because of its popularity and the fact that it’s Australia’s most well-known city across the world.

Note: The below prices are based on renting a unit or house in the CBD of each major city across Australia. The further away from the hustle and bustle of big city life you prefer, the cheaper the cost of housing and rent will be!

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Housing in Melbourne (Victoria)

Melbourne is one of Australia’s most popular major cities. Being the home to Australia’s incredible coffee lifestyle, it’s a very sought after city to visit.

The cost of housing in Melbourne city compared to suburban Victoria is going to be a little more expensive, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for an apartment within walking distance of the CBD.

The average cost of a rental in Melbourne city is between $400 and $800 per week. This price depends on the number of bedrooms and the location, and is in AUD (Australian Dollar). For more information about properties in Melbourne, click here.

Housing in Sydney (New South Wales)

Sydney is Australia’s most expensive city to live.

For the convenience of living in the Sydney CBD, it will cost between $600 and $1,700 per week. Again, this depends on the location and number of bedrooms. Choose a suburb further away from the City Centre, for a cheaper rental price.

For more information about properties in Sydney, click here.

Housing in Adelaide (South Australia)

Adelaide is one of Australia’s cheapest cities to live in.

A house or unit in the CBD costs on average, between $350 and $550 per week.

Being smaller than other major cities like Melbourne and Sydney, Adelaide is a lot less busy because there aren’t as any tourists. We were both born and raised here, and can definitely agree with the statement that Adelaide is one of Australia’s most liveable cities!

For more information about properties in Adelaide, click here.

Housing in Brisbane (Queensland)

Queensland is home to Australia’s famous theme parks and beachside towns. Being only a one hour drive from Surfers Paradise, Brisbane is the perfect city home base.

A house or unit in Brisbane’s CBD costs an average of between $430 and $850 per week. This price will depend on the number of bedrooms and convenience of location.

For more information about properties in Brisbane, click here.

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Housing in Perth (Western Australia)

The cost of housing in Perth is very similar to Adelaide, because it’s also a much smaller major city and attracts less tourists. Both cities are very liveable, that don’t require you to be a millionaire in order to live comfortably.

A unit or house in Perth’s CBD costs an average of between $300 and $600 per week, depending on the location and number of bedrooms.

For more information about properties in Perth, click here.

Housing in Darwin (Northern Territory)

If you enjoy year-round hot weather, crocodiles and spectacular scenery, Darwin might be for you. The rent in Darwin city is quite affordable compared to bigger cities, so you could definitely live comfortable.

A unit or house in Darwin costs an average of between $300 and $600 per week, depending on the location and number of bedrooms.

For more information about properties in Darwin, click here.

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Housing in Hobart (Tasmania)

Hobart is one of Australia’s most underrated cities. Although seperate from the mainland of Australia, Tasmania is filled with beautiful scenery and plenty of things to do. The cost of living in Hobart city is quite affordable too, so you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings without spending a fortune.

A unit or house in Hobart costs an average of between $260 and $600 per week.

For more information about properties in Hobart, click here.

Housing in Canberra (ACT)

The cost of housing in Canberra is a little on the expensive side.

A unit or house in Canberra’s CBD costs an average of between $400 and $700 per week, depending on the number of bedrooms and specific location.

For more information about properties and other costs of living in Canberra, click here.

How much money should I save before moving to Australia?

The amount of money you should have saved before moving to Australia, depends on what you plan to do once you arrive. If you’ve got a lead on a job or know that you can find one relatively fast, you won’t need to save as much.

If you plan to do some traveling before starting work or study, it’s best to have at least $20,000 saved per person. This will cover accomodation (renting a house in your chosen city), buying a car, food, set-up costs, furniture and house-hold essentials and some wiggle room before finding a steady job.


It can be hard to find a job in Australia, so being as prepared as possible is super important. Try to either have a job locked in or at least lined up before arriving, a steady online or freelancing income, or have enough money saved up to last you a few months.

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Shipping your belongings to Australia

This is almost always going to be an unavoidable cost of moving to Australia. Unless you’re selling everything you own, you’ll need to ship your belongings to Australia. There are a few different companies that offer this service, it all depends on your location and how much you’re willing to spend.

As long as what you’re shipping meets Australian Customs important requirements, the process will probably be a lot easier than you’re expecting!


Tip: This is a great chance of have a deep clean of your house before you move, and get rid of anything that you don’t need or want anymore. Clothes tend to take up a lot of space, so have a brutal Spring clean and decide whether you really need that dress you wore to that wedding five years ago. If not, sell it! You’ll make some money and save a ton of space at the same time!

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Buying a car

If you decide to sell your car before arriving in Australia, fear not. We have plenty of new and used cars available to buy at fairly decent prices from both private sellers and car dealerships. A good place to start is carsales.com.


Filter your search by make, model, price, year, location, transmission and other fancy car terms. If your budget for buying a car is $2,000, you’ll be able to find one pretty quickly once arriving in Australia. It won’t be brand new or sparkling clean, but if it gets you from A to B that’s all that matters!

Note: Don’t forget to factor in the cost of car insurance, registration, petrol and any services you might need to have done once you’ve purchased the car.

Other costs once arriving in Australia

Mobile phone plan 

There are tons of options available when it comes to phone plans in Australia. The cost of the plan depends on your current device and whether you’re willing to upgrade to your existing phone to a brand new one with your new Australian phone plan.


If you’d prefer a new phone: average plans cost around $80 per month (AUD). This cost normally includes unlimited text, unlimited standard calls within Australia, payment of the handset and between 10GB and 20GB of data.

If you’d prefer to keep your existing phone: Optus have a $50 per month sim only plan that includes 30GB of data, unlimited calls and text, 400 international talking minutes and ton of included entertainment.

Home internet

If you’re moving to Australia by yourself or with your partner, and plan to rent a small unit or house, you can probably get away with using your phone data for internet access.

If you’re moving with a larger family, it’s best to look into home internet.

Optus have an unlimited data plan for $60 per month, which is a great deal if you spend lots of time watching videos online, researching your next trip or binge watching TV shows on Netflix.

Telstra also have some home internet packages and plans available.

Utilities (electricity, gas and water)

The cost of electricity, gas and water will depend on your location and the company that you choose. It also, of course, depends on how much you use during your billing cycle.

For example, we live in a small unit in Adelaide and generally pay between $200 and $500 on electricity each quarter.

The total amount of your bill will depend a lot on the time of year. During summer, electricity bills are much higher, because of that glorious invention we like to call an air conditioner. Winter bills can be a lot lower, if you choose to use extra layers and blankets to warm up, instead of a heater.

Food and alcohol

We talk more about the cost of food in Australia in this post, but it’s definitely possible to live on a food budget.

There are two major supermarket chains in Australia – Coles and Woolworths. Both have their own home brand products, which are always a lot cheaper (and generally as good as or even better tasting) than regular brands. This is a good way to save money on food staples, without having to sacrifice hunger to save money.

Alcohol is also super expensive in Australia, unless you drink wine. Lower your standards when it comes to quality and taste, and it’s definitely easy to drink on a budget!

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House supplies

Buying house supplies (that we don’t really need) is one of my favourite things to do. In Australia we have this wonderful store called Kmart. No, our Kmart is not like the one in America. It’s way, way better. Trust us – walk around and browse for 15 minutes, and you’ll be hooked.


Kmart sells everything from towels and linen to cutlery, kitchen appliances, decorative pieces, photo frames and all sorts of other awesome things to put in your house. They also sell clothes, make-up, pet food and supplies, stationery, sporting goods, movies, TV shows, music and toys. You know, just incase you feel like buying everything you need (except food) from the one store.

Conclusion

Now that we’ve given you a rough idea about the cost of moving to Australia, it’s time to start setting your saving goals! This will ensure you aren’t stressing about money every day, and can enjoy the whole process a lot more. Australia is an expensive country, but with some planning and budgeting in place, it’s definitely easy to live comfortably without sacrificing on any of the most important things in life, like food and alcohol!


We hope this guide about the cost of moving to Australia has helped you to plan and organise your own relocation to this beautiful country! Good luck with your move and please don’t forget to head out and explore as much as possible while you’re here. Australia has a lot to offer, and we truly believe that you will fall in love with this beautiful country.

Have you visited Australia before? Do you know someone who has moved here? Tell us your story in the comment section below! We would love to read about your travels in Australia. 


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17 Things to Do in Surfers Paradise

17 Things to Do in Surfers Paradise

Queensland’s Gold Coast was home to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and it was an amazing two weeks of sport to watch. One of the most popular places to visit on the Gold Coast is Surfers Paradise. There are so many things to do in Surfers Paradise, you could easily spend a week wandering around, seeing all the sights, taking a few day trips to the local theme parks and exploring the beautiful hinterlands.

Whether you’re a fully grown adult with bills and responsibilities, or a carefree child, you’re bound to have a blast. We spent 6 days in Surfers Paradise back in October 2017. Although we had some questionable Sunshine State weather during our stay, we still managed to see and do a lot.

If you’re a theme park fan, enjoy relaxing on the beach or shopping up a storm, you’ll have an array of activities to choose from. For the more adventurous beach goers, give stand up paddle boarding Gold Coast a shot.

We’ve included a ton of useful tips and advice in this post to help you plan your next (or first) trip to Queensland, as easily as possible. We share a list of the best things to do in Surfers Paradise, the best places to stay, where to eat, shopping malls, theme parks and more.

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How to get to Surfers Paradise

If you’re traveling from an international location, the best way to get to Surfers Paradise is obviously by plane.

Gold Coast Airport is half an hour away from Surfers Paradise by car. If you plan to explore more of Queensland than just Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast, we recommend hiring a car. There are a handful of hire companies at Gold Coast Airport, and it’s definitely best to book ahead. We hired a car with Thrifty for our 10 day stay in Queensland and had no issues.


If you would rather not hire a car, the second best way to get from the airport to Surfers Paradise is by Uber. There are public transport options available, but for convenience (and less struggles with your luggage), an Uber is definitely the best way to go. Download the Uber app and book a car once you’ve collected your luggage.

Where to stay in Surfers Paradise

We stayed at Chateau Beachside during our visit to Surfers Paradise. We mainly booked this particular hotel for the view from the one bedroom beachfront apartment. It was incredible and definitely worth the very reasonable amount of money we paid!


There are lots of different accomodation options for all budgets in Surfers Paradise. From cheaper budget friendly hotels to extravagant skyscraper hotels with all sorts of fancy extras – there’s definitely something for everyone. Have a look on Trivago to find the perfect Surfers Paradise accomodation for you!

What to Pack

It doesn’t really matter what time of year you visit Queensland, because it’s great weather year round. We visited Surfers Paradise during October 2017 (Spring) and I personally wore shorts and a t-shirt or a dress almost every day. There were some pretty hot days during our stay, so it’s definitely best to come prepared. Here are some must-pack items for your trip to Surfers Paradiset:

A hat – The Australian sun can be pretty brutal, especially during summer (December until February) so packing a hat is crucial. However, if you do forget, don’t worry. There are a ton of souvenir stores in Surfers Paradise where you can pick one up for around $12.

Summer clothes – Things like shorts, t-shirts, dresses, singlets, tank tops and anything you would wear during summer back home. Make sure to save some space in your luggage for shopping!

Appropriate shoes – I’m talking about thongs (flip flops), sandals, sneakers for hiking and some going out shoes if you’re into the clubbing scene. Surfers Paradise is party central, so make sure you’re prepared for the appropriate shoes if you plan on dancing the night away.

Bathers or bikini – Surfers Paradise is almost endless coastline, so you’ll either be laying on the sand or swimming in the ocean quite a lot. Also, if your hotel has a pool or spa, you’ll definitely be glad you packed a comfortable and cute pair of bathers. Once again if you forget, don’t worry – there are tons of places to purchase some!

Passport and alternative form of ID – This is super important if you are planning to purchase alcohol, either from a bottle shop or at a club or restaurant. The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years old, and showing your Passport (if you’re an international visitor) is the best form of identification.

A protective Passport wallet – Since your passport is the most important item you will have with you while travelling, we highly recommend keeping it in a protective wallet. This one comes in a range of colours, and is RFID blocking. That means you can walk around Surfers Paradise in style, and have piece of mind that your passport is safe!

Cash and/or travel credit card – The cost of travelling around Australia can be pretty high, so it’s best to set a budget before you arrive. Most places Surfers Paradise accepts credit or debit card, but it’s always a good idea to have some cash just incase. Look for a Commonwealth Bank ATM, as they have recently removed their withdrawal fees.

Sunscreen – If you have a certain type of sunscreen that works best for your skin, or you just prefer a particular brand, make sure to bring it with you. As we mentioned above, Australia’s sun is brutal, and even more so in Queensland – it’s not called the Sunshine State for no reason! You’ll need to reapply sunscreen throughout the day if you plan to spend time in the sun.

A camera and spare memory cards – Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast is one of the most beautiful places in Australia, and we guarantee you’ll be snapping away all day long. Remember to bring along a spare memory card or two, just incase you go a little crazy with your Australian photography! If you do happen to run out of space on your memory card, stores like JB Hi Fi or Officeworks are great for buying spares.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Cavill Mall

Cavill Mall is the main shopping, food, drink and entertainment part of Surfers Paradise. It’s where all the action happens and everyone flocks to have a good time. We stayed less than a 5 minute walk away from Cavill Mall, and definitely made the most of our convenient location.

There are a ton of restaurants, bars, clubs and shops to suit every taste. We loved walking down Cavill Mall each day, checking out the huge range of shops and people watching as we strolled around Surfers Paradise.


You’ll be spoiled for choice of live music, fast food outlets, arcades, souvenir stores, tattoo parlours, supermarkets, restaurants with cuisines from all over the world and much more.

We walked up and down Cavill Mall an endless amount of times, and always saw something different. Don’t miss the famous Surfers Paradise sign at the end of Cavill Mall, and check out the Beachfront Night Markets (more on that soon).

Get a tattoo

Before arriving in Queensland, we knew we wanted to get another tattoo.

It took us a while to decide what we wanted and where to get it, but eventually made our way to Frontline Tattoo in Surfers Paradise. Being a huge Harry Potter fan, I opted for the Deathly Hallows symbol on my ankle. Russell got the Japanese Rising Sun on his wrist.

If you’re thinking of getting a tattoo during your visit to Surfers Paradise, there are plenty of tattoo studios to choose from. Some require a booking, and some allow you to just walk in. We decided to go with Frontline Tattoo Studio on Gold Coast Highway right in the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Russell had already been tattooed at Frontline a few years prior, so we went with somewhere that was familiar to at least one of us. Mina tattooed us both, and we’re extremely happy with the work she did. Our tattoos came out perfectly, and have healed without any hiccups!

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Stroll along the beach or watch the sunrise/sunset

As we mentioned earlier, we were lucky enough to stay at Chateau Beachside, with incredible beachfront views of the ocean. Queensland is filled with gorgeous coastline, and that’s no different on the Gold Coast. Surfers Paradise Beach is 3 kilometres of gorgeous golden sand and crashing waves.

The sun rises early in Surfers Paradise, so the beach is bustling from around 5am. Head down to the beach for an incredible view of the sunrise and watch the surfers catch some early morning waves.

There’s a lot of beautiful Australian beach to enjoy during your time in Queensland, so make the most of it! Wake up early, enjoy the sunrise and get a head start on your day spent on the Gold Coast!

SkyPoint Observation Deck at the Q1 Building

While you’re in Surfers Paradise, visit the SkyPoint Observation Deck on Level 77 of the Q1 Building. It’s Australia’s only beachside observation deck, and at 230 metres tall, it’s an experience you’ll never forget!

There are a few different ticket options available for purchase, depending on the type of experience you’d like to have at the SkyPoint Observation Deck:

General Admission – Child: $14, Adult: $24
Day & Night Admission – Child: $19, Adult: $34
SkyPoint Deck & Dine – Child: $24, Adult: $34


The Day & Night Admission gets you entry to SkyPoint Observation Deck during the day, and then you can return back up at night. If you’d like to indulge in a meal and drink while enjoying the incredible view of Surfers Paradise, choose the SkyPoint Deck & Dine option.

We did the SkyPoint Observation Deck on our last day in Surfers Paradise, and it was the perfect way to end our trip! Incredible 360 degree, panoramic views of Surfers Paradise and plenty of sunshine for some beautiful photos – definitely one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast.

Beachfront Night Markets

Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights, you’ll find the Surfers Paradise Night Markets located at the end of Cavill Mall on the Esplanade.

There are around 100 stalls set up along the foreshore selling all sorts of food, clothing, toys, handmade products and much more. The Markets are open from 4pm until 9pm, so head out early for some dinner at one of the many restaurants in Surfers Paradise, then begin your stroll through the stalls!

Timezone

Timezone is an indoor entertainment centre in Surfers Paradise, and is the largest of its kind in Australia. The perfect place to bring along the kids (and kids at heart) for a day of fun. Filled with arcade games, ticket games, prize games and more – people of all ages will enjoy their visit to Timezone!


In order to play any of the games at Timezone Surfers Paradise, you’ll need to purchase a Powercard. You can load different amounts of credits onto your card to get started.

We went for the $30 load, which got us an extra $5 worth of credits. Most of the games cost between $1.50 and $5 per person (per swipe). So if you plan to spend a decent amount of time playing games, earning tickets and winning prizes, we suggest buying a Powercard for each person who wants to play.

The other load amount options are:
$50 – Get $10 extra plus 50 Powertickets
$100 – Get $25 extra plus 100 Powertickets
$250 – Get $75 extra plus 250 Powertickets.


Powertickets are earned by playing any of the Ticket Games throughout the centre. Click here for other Timezone package deals, and to check out all the awesome games!

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

Ripley’s Believe it or Not is the perfect attraction for kids. We walked through the galleries of strange, unusual attractions but didn’t enjoy it as much as when we were younger.

If you’re visiting Surfers Paradise with young children, it’s the perfect way to kill an hour or so. There are a ton of exhibits with strange and unusual stories, interactive games and more.

Prices of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Children (age 5 to 12) – $14.90 each
Student (age 13 to 17) – $19.90 each
Adult – $24.90 each

King Tutt’s Putt Putt

A short walk from Cavill Mall, you’ll find King Tutt’s Putt Putt. The indoor and outdoor mini golf course is located in an open area of land, amongst a ton of Surfers Paradise hotels (across the road from Mantra Sun City).

We walked to King Tutt’s Putt Putt one evening for some mini golfing fun. There are a few different courses available, with varying lengths and difficulties.

We chose to do the indoor Ancient Egypt course, but there is also a Jurassic park indoor course and an outdoor African Jungle course. Kids will love spending a couple of hours at King Tutt’s Putt Putt, and at a reasonable price to do all three courses, it’s a must-see while in Surfers Paradise!


Cost for 1 Course: Child: $10 | Adult: $15
Cost for 2 Courses: Child: $15 | Adult: $20
Cost for 3 Courses: Child: $18 | Adult: $23
Location: Corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard & Ocean Avenue, Queensland, Australia
Opening Hours: 9am until 9pm

You can purchase tickets for King Tutt’s Putt Putt before arriving, by clicking here.

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Shopping

There are lots of stores in Surfers Paradise, and definitely something for everyone. Given that Surfers Paradise is a coastal town, you’ll find an abundance of surf shops and beach style clothing and accessories.

There are also a large amount of souvenir stores, to cater for all of the tourists and travelers visiting Surfers Paradise.

From every day clothing stores to high fashion and clubbing attire, there’s definitely something for everyone. Bring along some spare cash, especially if you love shopping up a storm. Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast’s best beachside shopping destination.

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Eat Zambreros Mexican food

Australia is home to a wonderful Mexican fast food chain called Zambreros. I’m not sure if they have international locations, but here in Australia, it’s a popular place to eat. We have Zambreros restaurants in Adelaide, where Russell and I live, but they’re not conveniently located like this particular one in Surfers Paradise was. A 5 minute walk out of our hotel, and we were ordering our delicious burritos.


Zambreros is almost exactly the same as Chipotle. You can build your very own full size burrito, smaller burrito or burrito bowl at Zambreros – so there’s something for everyone! They also cater to vegetarians too, so if you’d like your burrito or burrito bowl made vegetation, just ask when ordering. We had Zambreros for dinner every single day during our time in Surfers Paradise, so we were definitely regulars during our 6 night visit!

Restaurants/Clubs/Pubs

If you don’t like the idea of eating Mexican for dinner every night, there are a huge amount of restaurants all over Surfers Paradise serving cuisine from all over the world. Cavill Mall is also the place to go for clubbing, if that’s your thing. There are a ton of clubs and bars throughout Surfers Paradise, with live music and events on almost every weekend.


Note: If you’re hoping for a peaceful stay in Surfers Paradise, or you’re travelling with young kids, avoid booking your Gold Coast holiday between November and December. Schoolies is an annual festival for Year 12’s graduating from high school. There are official Schoolies Festival locations all over Australia, and the Gold Coast is one of the most popular. If you’d prefer not to be trampled by thousands of 18 year olds celebrating the end of the schooling, definitely steer clear, or stay further down the coast and as far away from Surfers Paradise as possible!

Watch the street performers

You’ll come across street performers all over Surfers Paradise, especially on the days that the Night Markets are held. From people juggling swords on fire, to real life statues scaring little children, there’s plenty of opportunities for a good laugh. Keep an eye out on the weekend, as they tend to frequent the streets of Surfers Paradise and Cavill Mall a lot more!

Other Things to do on the Gold Coast

Movie World

Movie World is one of Queensland’s most popular theme parks. If you’re wanting to experience Hollywood on the Gold Coast, set aside a day to ride Superman Escape, DC Rivals Hypercoaster (the only Hypercoaster in the Southern Hemisphere!), the Green Lantern and more.

We spent around four hours at Movie World during our time on the Gold Coast, and had a blast. I’ve already written a post about our day, so head over and read that here! I share tips on how to get to Movie World, the types of tickets available and where to purchase them, all of the rides and rollercoasters, the best places to eat and more!

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Wet n Wild

WetnWild is a water park on the Gold Coast, about 20 minutes by car from Surfers Paradise. There are a ton of different rides, including a few water thrill rides and even an entire area just for the kids. WetnWild is the perfect day out for anyone visiting the Gold Coast, as there’s something for everyone.

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Road trip to Byron Bay

There are tons of things to see and do in Byron Bay in New South Wales, and it’s only just over an hour away from Surfers Paradise! Check out Claire’s post with 39 unique things to do in Byron Bay, if you’re keen to explore further than just Queensland.

Harbour Town outdoor outlet mall

Harbour Town is one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast, especially if you love a good shopping spree! We decided to have our shopping day on a very wet and thunder-stormy day, to keep free the nice sunny days for other activities. That meant, we had to run from our rental car to the entrance of Harbour Town in almost torrential rain. Despite the weather, we stayed for quite a while and found some absolute bargains!


If you’re unfamiliar with Harbour Town, it’s an outlet mall with almost everything at warehouse prices. That means, TONS of awesome deals. You’ll find a section with only high-end outlet stores, women’s fashion, men’s fashion, children’s clothes, shoe stores, accessories and makeup, pharmacies, restaurants, sporting goods and clothing and much more. There’s definitely something for everyone at Harbour Town, so if you’re looking for some things to do on the Gold Coast, have yourself a shopping day!

Pacific Fair shopping centre

If you’ve spent a few hours browsing around Harbour Town and still crave more shopping, head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Although it’s not an outlet mall, you can still score some great deals. There are also supermarkets and department stores that Harbour Town doesn’t have.

Tamborine Mountain

We visited Tamborine Mountain on our last full day on the Gold Coast. Around 50 minutes from Surfers Paradise, is one of the Gold Coast’s most beautiful and tranquil mountains in the Gold Coast Hinterland. There are a ton of things to see and do, including wineries, various hikes, botanic gardens, glow worm caves, sky walks and more.


We drove through Tamborine Mountain’s winding roads for a couple of hours, before coming across the Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk. Admission costs $19.50 for adults and $9.50 for children, which will get you access to the elevated bridges overlooking the rainforest and facts and information along your scenic 1.5km long walk.

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Cost: Child: $9.50 | Adult: $19.50
Location: 333 Giessmann Drive, North Tamborine, Queensland
Opening hours: 9:30am until 5pm (last walk begins at 4pm)
Duration: Around 45 minutes at a leisurely pace
Length of walk: 1.5km
Amenities: Cafe, souvenir shop, free parking & bathroom facilities

The Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk is one of the most beautiful things to do on the Gold Coast. Don’t forget to bring a camera though, and wear flat footed shoes (definitely no heels).

Well there you have it – 17 things to do on the Gold Coast! On your next (or first) trip to Queensland, spend some time exploring the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise. Perfect for families, couples and groups of friends. With something for everyone, your entire travel group will have a blast!


Have you visited Queensland before? Do you have something to add to this list of things to do on the Gold Coast? Tell me in the comments below!

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Movie World Queensland: Hollywood on the Gold Coast

Movie World Queensland: Hollywood on the Gold Coast

If you wanna experience Hollywood on the Gold Coast, definitely spend a day at Movie World Queensland. Filled with thrill rides, an area just for the kids, tons of shopping and plenty of entertainment to keep people of all ages happy! We spent around four hours exploring Movie World, but if you’re visiting with family or have never been before, be sure to set aside an entire day to take in the magic of Australia’s very own Warner Bros. Movie World.

We’ve included a ton of awesome tips and advice in this post, including the best way to get to Movie World from popular Queensland locations, where to buy tickets and how much they cost, plus tips on all of the rides and attractions.

Movie World Queensland: Hollywood on the Gold Coast

Getting to Movie World

If you’ve already visited WetnWild on the Gold Coast, the same directions apply when visiting Movie World, because they’re right next to each other! If you haven’t visited either, here are the directions:

Surfers Paradise to Movie World by car

It’s super easy getting from Surfers Paradise to Movie World by car.

Head down Gold Coast Highway, then turn onto Smith Street and follow the signs. Leave the Highway at Exit 60, then keep following the signs to Movie World. Use Google Maps to make sure you’re heading in the right direction!

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Surfers Paradise to Movie World by bus

If you’re staying in Surfers Paradise, you’ll probably see buses driving around that say Movie World across the front. From what we could tell, these buses tend to make quite frequent stops all over Surfers Paradise. We drove ourselves, so we didn’t need to catch a bus.


Your best bet is to head to Cavill Mall and ask where the best place to wait is, at one of the information booths. There might be a small bus fare, so ask the driver before boarding if you’re unsure.

Catching a bus is definitely the easiest way to get to Movie World if you don’t have access to a car!

Brisbane to Movie World by car

If you’re driving to Movie World from Brisbane, follow the signs to the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast. Take Exit 60 on the Highway – once you get closer to Movie World, there will be signs directing you.

Again, use Google Maps to make sure you’re going the right way!

Movie World Opening Hours

Movie World is open from 9:30am until 5pm year round.

The gates to the park open at 9:30am, but the rides stay closed until 10am. This gives visitors a chance to find a park, purchase a locked if needed then line up for one of the awesome, unmissable rides!


We arrived at around 9:45am, headed straight for the Superman Escape ride, and managed to get on twice in a row! It definitely pays to arrive early and line up straight away.

Movie World Ticket Prices

Along with Movie World, there are three other theme parks and attractions under the Village Roadshow brand: WetnWild, Sea World and Paradise Country. You can purchase tickets that include entry into all four theme parks, or choose to only visit the parks you’re interested in!

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Single Day Pass

Adults – $79 per person
Children (ages 3 to 13) – $69 per child
Entry – Movie World for one day only

Two Day Pass

Adults and Children – $119 per person
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)
Entry – Two consecutive days to Movie World and Sea World

Village Roadshow Super Pass

Adults and Children – $149 per person
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)
Entry – Seven consecutive days into three parks (Movie World, Sea World and WetnWild Gold Coast)

Village Roadshow Mega Pass

Adults and Children – $179 per person
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)
Entry – Fourteen consecutive days entry into all four parks (Movie World, Sea World, WetnWild and Paradise Country)

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Movie World Experience Prices

If you want to get fully into the Hollywood on the Gold Coast, consider doing one of the awesome experiences created by Movie World Queensland. There’s something for all ages, so no one will miss out!

Prince or Princess of the Parade (Kids Only)

For the ultimate Movie World experience, your child will be crowned and become a Prince or Princess on their very own throne.

Children (ages 4 to 10) – $30 per child
Note – Only available for two children per day, so book in early! Must have a valid entry ticket to participate.

Hollywood Stunt Driver Pit Pass

Go behind the scenes in the Hollywood Stunt Driver show, including backstage access, priority seating, USB recording of the show and an included lunch.

Adults (ages 10+) – $179.99 per person
Note – Must have a valid entry ticket to participate.

Star Tour

With behind the scenes access, Australia’s first roller coaster track walk, reserved parking, VIP seating at the Hollywood Stunt Driver Show (plus meet and greet with the drivers), morning tea, coffee and a delicious lunch – this is the perfect way to see it all at Movie World! You also get unlimited Fast Track to certain rides and a special VIP spot to watch the parade.

Adults and Children – $299 per person
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)

Star Tour & Entry

With behind the scenes access, Australia’s first roller coaster track walk, reserved parking, VIP seating at the Hollywood Stunt Driver Show (plus meet and greet with the drivers), morning tea, coffee and a delicious lunch – this is the perfect way to see it all at Movie World! You also get unlimited Fast Track to certain rides and a special VIP spot to watch the parade.

Adults and Children – $350 per person (includes park entry ticket)
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)

What to Wear to Movie World Gold Coast

Before deciding what to wear to Movie World, keep in mind that the weather in Queensland (and Australia in general) can be brutal, especially during summer.

We visited on a 23 degree celsius day (73 degrees fahrenheit) when the sun was scorching and it wasn’t even summer yet. Queensland is called the Sunshine State for a reason! I was originally wearing a tank top, but changed into a comfy tee about an hour later because the sun  was burning my shoulders.


We suggest wearing a t-shirt and bringing a hat to where while walking around the park. You’ll obviously need to take the hat off before going on rides, but you’ll be glad you have it! Don’t forget sunscreen either, and choose a comfortable pair of shoes. Enclosed shoes are the best, so you don’t have to worry about taking them off while on rides. You’ll also be doing a lot of walking, so the comfier your shoes are, the better!

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Food at Movie World

There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and quick snack carts throughout Movie World, to purchase food during your day. There are also popular theme park snacks like churros (my favourite!), ice cream, popcorn and more.


From Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream to Rick’s Cafe, a pizza, pasta and salad buffet. For you over 18’s and of legal age to consume alcohol, you can purchase booze at Movie World with a valid Passport or ID.

Shopping at Movie World

As for shopping, there are a ton of retail outlets to buy all sorts of souvenirs.

From Superman Escape, Warner Bros, Harry Potter, Scooby Doo and all things DC, there’s something for everyone! Souvenirs and Warner Bros. merchandise are quite pricey though, so if you’re hoping to leave with some awesome Movie World Gold Coast souvenirs, bring plenty of money!

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Movie World Rides

DC Rivals Hypercoaster

DC Rivals is Movie World’s brand new rollercoast, and the only Hypercoaster in the Southern Hemisphere. We were lucky enough to ride this, and it is definitely an adrenaline rush.


Reaching speeds of up to 115km per hour, you’ll experience tons of twist and turns along the DC Rivals 1.4km track – which is almost double the length of any other ride on the Gold Coast.

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 7 years of age and a minimum of 130cm tall.

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Arkham Asylum

The world’s first Arkham Asylum themed rollercoaster. Reaching speeds of up to 85km/h, you’ll be faced with five inversions on this updated Movie World coaster. For an extra $5, visitors can purchase Virtual Reality, for an entirely different Arkham Asylum experience!

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be between 140cm and 200cm tall.

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Superman Escape

The absolute best ride at Movie World Gold Coast, without a doubt. Superman Escape will take you from zero to 100km per hour in just two seconds. Your nerves and adrenaline will be pumping while you wait for Superman to blast you outside and up into the sky!

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be between 140cm and 196cm tall.


Note: There are no storage cubes at this ride, because you disembark in a different area than where you got on the ride. Therefore, unless you have someone in your group who doesn’t want to ride Superman Escape, you’ll need to purchase a $2 to store your belongings. The lockers are found right outside the ride.

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Batwing Spaceshot

Wait anxiously as you’re shot 60 metres into the sky at terrifying speeds, albeit with an epic view of Movie World. Personally, this type of ride isn’t my thing. Even looking at photos of it makes me queasy. But if you don’t get physically ill at the thought of a 60 metre free-fall, give it a go!

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 123cm tall.

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Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster

Speed around sharp turns and plenty of Scooby Doo spookiness on the Spooky Coaster. You’ll be in darkness, not knowing when the next drop or backwards ride is going to happen! This is definitely one of the best rides at Movie World Gold Coast, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 110cm tall.

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Wild West Falls

Flying through the Wild West on a wooden wagon train, you’ll soar past tons of ghost towns on your journey. This ride was unfortunately closed for maintenance when we visited, but it’s still one of the best!

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 95cm tall.
Note: Wild West Falls is a part water coaster, so be prepared to get wet!

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Green Lantern Coaster

Take on the steepest inverted drop in the Southern Hemisphere, on the Green Lantern Coaster at Movie World Queensland. Reaching top speeds of 66km per hour, you’re bound to have a blast.

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 140cm tall.

Doomsday Destroyer

Another nope, no thanks rides for us, but if the thought of looping around a huge circle while high in the air, give the Doomsday Destroyer ride a go.

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be totally insane to ride (kidding – sort of) and of a somewhat mature height. We were unable to find the actual height requirements for this one, so we improvised. The staff will tell you whether you’re suitable to ride.

Family Fun at Movie World 

Kids WB Fun Zone

Kids WB Fun Zone is the best place to hang out with the Looney Tunes TV show characters – Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester and more! There are also a variety of rides, rollercoasters and water zones just for the kids.

If you’re not a child or do not have children, maybe avoid this area. Tons of screaming and definitely a place where headaches are born!

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Justice League 3D

Don’t miss the Justice League Interactive 3D ride! Tons of fun for all members of the family, and absolutely all ages!

Ride Restrictions: Riders between 90cm and 110cm tall must be accompanied by an adult.

Road Runner Rollercoaster

Embark on a chase through the Arizona Desert, on the family fun Road Runner Rollercoaster. This one is perfect for the kids, reaching top speeds of 40km per hour.

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 110cm tall.

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Other Information & Things You Should Know

1) Lockers are available for a cost of between $10 and $20 per day, and are located next to the Movie World Photo Centre.

2) Packed food and drinks are not allowed into Movie World, with the exception of bottled water and fruit. Visitors with allergies, and food for babies and small children, are also exceptions to this rule.


3) Don’t forget your camera! There are tons of photo opportunities throughout the park, plus the occasional Superhero or Looney Tunes characters walking around.

4) Arrive early to get on all of the best rides before anyone else. The park opens at 9:30am but the rides are closed until 10am. This gives you half an hour to line up for your favourite ride, and get on once or twice before the queues start to get longer.

5) Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and a hat – the Australian sun is brutal in summer!

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Movie World Queensland is a ton of fun for people of all ages. There’s something for everyone, and if you love thrill rides, you’ll be in for an exciting day! Click here to head to the Movie World website for more information and sneak peak videos of most of the rides.

Have you visited Movie World Gold Coast? What was your favourite ride? Tell me in the comments below!


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Spend a Day at Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast

Spend a Day at Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast

Queensland is the home of theme parks in Australia. Wet n Wild is one of two water parks on the Gold Coast (the other being White Water World, which we didn’t visit) and it’s a ton of fun for people of all ages! Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast has a great mixture of both thrill rides, relaxing pools to float around in, and kids versions of some of the most popular bigger rides.

We spent a few hours at Wet n Wild, and managed to hit up all of the rides more than once. To get the most out of your day, it’s best to plan ahead and be prepared. We’ve come up with this fab guide to help first time visitors to Wet n Wild Gold Coast, have a day to remember at Queensland’s biggest and best water park!

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Getting to Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast is super easy to find, whether you’re coming from Surfers Paradise or Brisbane and beyond. The best two ways to get to Wet n Wild are by car or bus. If you’ve already hired a car for your stay in Queensland, or you’re from Australia and have your own car, this is probably the best option.

But don’t worry, even if you don’t have access to a car, taking the bus is easy too!

Surfers Paradise to Wet n Wild by car

It’s super easy getting from Surfers Paradise to Wet n Wild by car.


Head down Gold Coast Highway, then turn onto Smith Street and follow the signs. Leave the Highway at Exit 60, then keep following the signs to Wet n Wild. Use Google Maps to make sure you’re heading in the right direction!

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Surfers Paradise to Wet n Wild by bus

If you’re staying in Surfers Paradise, you’ll probably see buses driving around that say Wet n Wild across the front. From what we could tell, these buses tend to make quite frequent stops all over Surfers Paradise. We drove ourselves, so we didn’t need to catch a bus.


Your best bet is to head to Cavill Mall and ask where the best place to wait is, at one of the information booths. There might be a small bus fare, so ask the driver before boarding if you’re unsure.

Catching a bus is definitely the easiest way to get to Wet n Wild if you don’t have access to a car!

Brisbane to Wet n Wild

If you’re driving to Wet n Wild from Brisbane, follow the signs to the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast. Take Exit 60 on the Highway – once you get closer to Wet n Wild, there will be signs directing you.

Use Google Maps to make sure you’re going the right way!

Wet n Wild Opening Hours

During summer (December, January and February), Wet n Wild is open from 10am until 5pm every day.
During winter (June, July and August), Wet n Wild closes at around 3:30pm.


Wet n Wild is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and Anzac Day (April 25th). For updated opening times, click here.

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Wet n Wild Ticket Prices

Along with Wet n Wild, there are three other theme parks and attractions under the Village Roadshow brand: Movie WorldSea World and Paradise Country. You can purchase tickets that include entry into all four theme parks, or choose to only visit the parks you’re interested in!

Single Day Pass

Adults – $79 per person
Children (ages 3 to 13) – $69 per child
Entry – Wet n Wild for one day only

Village Roadshow Super Pass

Adults and Children – $149 per person
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)
Entry – Seven consecutive days into three parks (Wet n Wild, Movie World and Sea World)

Village Roadshow Mega Pass

Adults and Children – $179 per person
Fast Photo – $79 for up to 6 family members (Unlimited digital Fast Photos)
Entry – Fourteen consecutive days entry into all four parks (Wet n Wild, Movie World, Sea World and Paradise Country)

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What to Wear at Wet n Wild

Since Wet n Wild is a water park, it’s totally acceptable to walk around in a bathing suit or bikini.

If you’re uncomfortable in just a bathing suit or bikini, most rides allow guests to wear a t-shirt over the top. Just ask the ride attendant if you’re unsure.

Whether you choose to wear a t-shirt or rock the park in just your bikini, be sure to always wear sunscreen and reapply every two hours!

Food at Wet n Wild

There aren’t too many places at WetnWild for food, so keep that in mind when visiting. Near the entrance of the park, you’ll see an outdoor cafe/restaurant, serving quick meals such as burgers and fries. Otherwise, there are plenty of stalls and carts throughout the park where you can buy churros, hot dogs, ice cream and more.


If you’d prefer to not spend money on food during your stay at WetnWild, bring along your own snacks! This is totally allowed, and is the cheapest way to go, especially if you’re visiting with a larger group of people. Food at WetnWild is fairly expensive, so keep that in mind if you plan to spend the whole day enjoying the park.

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Shopping at Wet n Wild

The souvenir stores at Wet n Wild are located near the entrance of the park, but you’ll find that there isn’t too much of a variety.

These stores also sell bathers, towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, jewellery and more. Be prepared though – souvenirs are quite expensive, just like food and snacks.

Wet n Wild Water Rides

In total, there are 13 water rides at Wet n Wild Gold Coast. Each one is unique in its own way. There are some in total darkness, some where you will drop free-fall style into a waterslide and even one called the Tornado, which is pretty self explanatory!


Below are all of the water rides and attractions at Wet n Wild that are included in your park entry ticket, and any restrictions that apply for each individual ride:

Blackhole

A tube waterslide in complete darkness, reaching top speeds of 40km/ph. This ride is awesome, is pitch black inside except for some very Space Mountain inspired lights along the sides of the slide!

Ride Restrictions: There are only two riders allowed on the Blackhole. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm, and a maximum combined weight of 180kg.

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Kamikaze

This is a two person tube waterslide, with an almost vertical 11 metre drop. Kamikaze reaches top speeds of up to 50km/ph. Don’t forget to smile for the camera!

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be a minimum of 110cm and a maximum combined weight of 180kg.

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Mach 5

There are two options on the Mach 5: choose to slide down the single rider Jet Streams waterslides or take on the Slidewinders, the two biggest slides in WetnWild.


Ride Restrictions: Riders must be a minimum height of 120cm. Riders need to be at least 110cm and a combined maximum weight of 270kg.

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Tornado

In my opinion, this is the best ride at WetnWild! You’ll begin your epic adventure tubing down a 40 metre long tunnel, before spinning around the Tornado and up and down the sides, water splashing on your face and adrenaline pumping through your body.

Ride Restrictions: Up to 4 people can ride the Tornado, however riders must be at least 110cm tall and a maximum combined weight 320kg.

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Constrictor

A snake inspired tube water slide, made for up to 3 riders. Enjoy three tight, 260 degree turns down the length of the Constrictor, at a top speed of up to 50km/ph.

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be a minimum of 110cm tall to ride and a combined maximum weight of 270kg.

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Aqua Loop

This slide starts with riders standing on a trap door. You’re then released down a 40 foot drop, into a looping slide at up to 60km/ph. This ride was under maintenance when we visited, so unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to experience it.


Ride Restrictions: To ride the Aqua Loop, riders need to be a minimum height of 120cm, and between 45kg and 120kg.

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Mammoth Falls

A tube ride where you’ll be sent on twists and turns all the way to the bottom. Between 2 and 4 people can ride Mammoth Falls at once!

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 100cm tall, and a combined weight of up to 450kg.

River Rapids

This is the perfect ride for groups of people who are undecided about whether they want a fast paced or relaxing water slide experience. There are two enclosed slides, where you’ll be sent flying down to the bottom at top speeds and two open air slides which are perfect for the kids.

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be a minimum of 110cm tall and a maximum of 135kg to ride.

Super 8

This is the perfect ride for families and groups of friends! You’ll race head first down 8 colourful slides, reaching speeds of up to 40km/ph. You’ll even be timed, and see how many of your friends and families you beat to the bottom!

Ride Restrictions: Riders must be at least 110cm tall to race.

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Surfrider

This is the only coaster at Wet n Wild, and although we didn’t go on it ourselves, it looks like a lot of fun! You’ll glide up and down a giant surfboard, while spinning around and being rewarded with awesome views of the park.


Ride Restrictions: Riders must be between 140cm and 196cm tall.

Family Fun at Wet n Wild

There are a few rides and attractions at Wet n Wild that are perfect for families and younger kids, as a lot of the bigger rides may not be suitable for visitors of all ages.

WetnWild Junior

A zone created just for kids under 10 years of age. They’ll be able to enjoy kid friendly versions of some of the park’s best rides, such as Tornado and Aqua Racers. There’s also a giant tipping bucket of water, a ton of slides and a water playground.

Ride Restrictions: To use Wet n Wild Junior, kids must be no taller than 140cm.

Calypso Beach

This is one of the best attractions at Wet n Wild! You’ll float around a giant river on colourful tubes or soak in the sun in one of Calypso Beach’s relaxing retreat areas.

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Giant Wave Pool

The perfect place to relax in the refreshing, cool water while you wait for the waves to roll in. There are a ton of deck chairs and undercover gazebos to take a break from the water, perfect for a family lunch!

The waves are on a sequence, so if you’re not comfortable swimming in waves, don’t worry! You can still enjoy the water, and just hop out when the waves start.


There are lifeguards standing by, just incase guests get swept up by the waves. If this does happen, put your hand in the air and a lifeguard will jump in right away. We saw this happen during our day at Wet n Wild, and they acted immediately. You’re in good hands!

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Whirlpool Springs

Wet n Wild’s very own hot tubs! The perfect place to cool off in summer, or warm up during the colder months of the year. There are a ton of hot tubs for guests to relax in, or swim around in the refreshing water on a hot day.

Other Information & Things you Should Know

1) There are lifeguards at every ride, ensuring the safety of guests and making sure each person meets the ride requirements. Calypso Beach has a lifeguard at every turn, so there are plenty of trained professionals ready, just incase you need some assistance.

2) Be sure to bring sunscreen. But, if you do forget, the souvenir stores next to the entrance of Wet n Wild do have sunscreen available for purchase.

3) The water is heated at Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast. However, due to overnight temperatures and other factors, the pools may not always be the perfect temperature. Don’t worry though. As soon as you get out and start walking around the park in the sun, you’ll warm up in no time!


4) Most of the tube rides requires guests to carry the tubes up to the top themselves. This means that some kids might not be able to ride by themselves, as they will struggle to carry the heavy tubes up multiple steep flights of stairs. It’s best for an adult to carry the tubes to the top, even if they don’t take the slide to the bottom.

5) There are lockers available for a daily cost of $10. Unless you have someone with you who won’t be going on any rides and is happy to hang on to everyone’s bags, purchasing a locker is the best options. You can purchase these from the Surf Shop, located right next to the park entrance. 
Wet n Wild Gold Coast is a lot of fun for people of all ages. There’s definitely something for everyone, and you’re guaranteed to have an awesome day! Remember to reapply sunscreen frequently, and wear a hat when you’re not on the rides. Summer in Australia is brutal, and although we applied sunscreen, we still got burnt! Learn from our mistakes, and keep reapplying throughout the day!

Have you visited WetnWild Gold Coast before? What was your favourite ride? Tell me in the comments below!

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